New York Knicks (11-31) rookie point guard RJ Barrett exited tonight's 121-98 loss to the Phoenix Suns after suffering a right ankle sprain.
Barrett suffered the injury midway through the third quarter on a drive to the basket, landing awkwardly on his right foot. He remained in the game to shoot free throws after being fouled by Ricky Rubio, but was on his way back to the locker room shortly after.
He left the game with seven points on 2-of-8 shooting, adding three rebounds and two assists.
Nasty right ankle sprain for R.J. Barrett . He stayed in to take his free throws but checked out at next dead ball. He has been ruled out tonight- Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) January 17, 2020
"They're going to reevaluate it tomorrow," Barrett said post-game. "That's all I know...It hurts. I don't know, I've never really been hurt before.
"No clue [about the severity] yet, it just hurts and we'll see what happens with the swelling and everything and then come in tomorrow and evaluate it."
RJ Barrett, on crutches in the locker room:- Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) January 17, 2020
"It hurts. I don't know, man. I've never really been hurt before" pic.twitter.com/xGDp2I03SS
Luckily for the Knicks rookie, according to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, the X-rays came back negative on Friday and he will be re-evaluated in one week.
Barrett has proved durable during his rookie campaign, appearing in 41 of the Knicks' 42 games this season, only missing one game with illness.
Prior to last night's injury, he was averaging 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game and was coming off a strong six-game run, where he averaged 19 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.2 steals on 46.3 percent from the field and 62.1 percent from three.